Author Archives: Deb Wiley

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Playing Chicken with Your Children

Category : Family Law

Parents Test the Limits of Maryland Family Law

In recent days, parents in Montgomery County, Maryland have been engaged in a heated debate over the rights and wrongs of “free range” parenting. Two children aged 10 and 6 were allowed by their parents to walk on their own from a local park to the family home. The walk of one mile took them through downtown Silver Spring, a busy metropolitan area. A bystander saw the unaccompanied children and called the police. The police arrived at the scene, picked up the children and contacted Montgomery County Child Protective Services. It was a Sunday afternoon and it took over five hours before the children were eventually reunited with the parents, who signed an agreement not to leave their children unattended again.

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The First Things to Do After an Auto Accident

Category : Auto Accidents

If you are involved in an automobile accident in Maryland, you should immediately stop your vehicle as close to the accident scene as possible. This is the law in Maryland – Maryland Transportation Article 20-102. If anyone has been injured, you should give medical assistance, which usually means calling 911. This is also the law – Maryland Transportation Article 20-104.

The next step is to take a deep breath, make sure that no one is in danger from other traffic and then

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Punitive Damages for Texting While Driving in Maryland?

Category : Distracted Driving

The law of Maryland allows for two categories of damages: compensatory damages to replace what has been lost by giving the plaintiff a monetary award for injuries and damage suffered (such as medical expenses, loss of wages, property damage, pain and suffering) and punitive damages. Punitive damages are exemplary damages intended to punish the wrongdoer for outrageous behavior and to deter such behavior by that wrongdoer or other potential wrongdoers in the future.

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Maryland Court of Appeals Bails Out Metro

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Category : Slip and Fall

In December 2007, Veronica Tinsley exited a Metro train at Cheverly, slipped on a wet platform, fell to the ground and fractured her ankle. In February 2010, Kim Hodge slipped on a wet floor at Prince George’s County Plaza Metro, fell to the ground and was badly injured. They both filed slip and fall lawsuits against Metro. In October, 2012, both cases were thrown out by the Court of Appeals for a reason that would make the Queen of England smile and a Maryland citizen gasp with disbelief -sovereign immunity.

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Independent Medical Examinations – A Good Idea Ruined

What could make more sense? Parties to litigation cannot agree on the extent of a claimant’s injuries from an automobile accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice or workplace accident, so an independent physician is asked to prepare an evaluation. It sounds like a good idea and it could have been. The problem is that insurance companies began hiring their own doctors to prepare the evaluation. They called it an “independent medical examination” (IME), but it was neither independent nor a real medical examination.

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Concussion from Automobile Accidents

Contrary to popular belief, concussion does not require a direct blow to the head. People frequently sustain concussion in automobile accidents without any impact between their head and any part of the automobile in which they are traveling. Often they do not realize that they are suffering from concussion, even though they may exhibit clear symptoms, such as recurrent headaches, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, irritability and depression. For this reason, they do not report these symptoms to their doctors, because they are unaware that they were caused by the accident and may require medical treatment.

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